Technology and Teacher Justice in DC Public Schools on the next Ed Town Hall

Technology challenges in DC Public Schools and update from Jeff Canady, former teacher and union rep, on his long fight for justice from DCPS on the next Education Town Hall. Listen at 11 a.m. EASTERN on Thursday, October 11, via TuneIn or by visiting We Act Radio and clicking on arrow at upper left (NOTE: Not all “listen” buttons are working at present). OR check back for archived show, published shortly after air-time.

In the first segment, we will hear from parents who have been working with DCPS for a system-wide technology plan:

  • Grace Hu, parent at Amidon-Bowen Elementary School (Ward 6);
  • Andria Thomas, parent at Payne Elementary School (Ward 6); and
  • Alex Simbanam, parent at Cleveland Elementary School (Ward 1) and representative to DCPS advisory board for systems and innovation.

See the slide-deck (PDF), “DCPS Tech Challenges and Opportunities,” for detailed information. To join the parent-led coalition to bring 21st technology to all DCPS schools, e-mail ghgracehu at gmail(dot)com.

DCPS Tech graphic
Outdated equipment: one of many DCPS technology challenges

In the second segment, we are joined by Jeff Canady, who continues to fight for his own back pay as well as better conditions for everyone inside DC schools. Canady taught for 18 years in DCPS and served as an officer in the Washington Teachers’ Union, before his 2009 termination. Canady alleges that he was fired for criticizing DCPS, and an arbiter recently ruled that he was wrongfully fired. (See July 22 Post article). DCPS is appealing the decision, including the back-pay award, and Canady is not alone in his fight over wrongful termination.

The Education Town Hall with Thomas Byrd
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in Washington, DC, on We Act Radio,
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Shows are archived for convenient listening shortly after broadcast.

After years of weekly broadcasts, the program now focuses one show each month on local issues and one on “the BUS,” organized by BadAss Teachers, United Opt Out, and SOS March.

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